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Innovative Programs

Solar Highways

In 2008, ODOT completed the nation’s first solar photovoltaic project in the highway right-of-way. The first demonstration project is located at the interchange of I-5 and I-205. The 594 solar panels produce nearly 112,000 kilowatt hours annually and use the utility grid as a battery, supplying energy during the day to light the interchange at night.

For more information on ODOT's Solar Highway Project.

The second Solar Highway Project is nearing completion at the Baldock Safety Rest Area. This 6,994 panel array sits on approximately seven acres of ODOT property on the east side of the northbound rest area. The project will produce approximately 1.97 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable, homegrown energy annually. The project is due to be completed in early 2012.

For more information on the Baldock Solar Highway Project.

For information on tax credits for installing charging equipment.
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Electric Vehicle Network

The US Department of Energy announced in August 2009 that Oregon was selected as one of the five test markets for the largest deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and the associated charging infrastructure. Nissan North America, partnering with the ECOtality (formally eTec) will deploy approximately 1,000 Nissan electric cars (the “Leaf”) in Oregon and as many as 2,500 charging stations to be installed at homes and businesses. Deployment of Nissan’s EVs is scheduled for fall of 2010 and charging infrastructure installations are expected to begin in summer 2010.
For more information on Oregon's Electric Vehicle Charge Network.      

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West Coast Green Highway

ODOT is leading an effort with the Washington and California Departments of Transportation to incubate the distribution of alternative fuels and/or solar powered charging stations for plug-in electric hybrid vehicles along the I-5 corridor to help increase the market demand for alternative fuel vehicles.
For more information on the West Coast Green Highway 

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Green Light Preclearance

greenlight preclearance station
Truck passing through preclearance
ODOT Motor Carrier’s Green Light Program helps truckers save time and money and reduce emissions by “preclearing” trucks so they do not have to stop at Oregon weigh stations. A Department of Environmental Quality study found that in 2008 this preclearance system will allow trucks to avoid 1.5 million weigh station stops and thus will result in 1,300 metric tons less carbon dioxide emitted into the air.

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Intelligent Transportation

For years ODOT has been a leader in intelligent transportation systems (ITS) that make Oregon highways more efficient. ITS is the application of advanced technology to address transportation problems. ITS makes use of advanced communication and computer technology to enhance the movement of people and goods. ITS strategies range from quick incident response times to sequencing of traffic lights, all of which reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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